Where’s Wallet? BlackBerry And Telefonica Trial NFC Payments


BlackBerry has announced that a load of BlackBerry OS 7.0 handsets will be getting a contactless payment service called Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry, sometime in the near future.

Cooked up as part of a collaboration between euro-network folks Telefonica and BlackBerry creators RIM, the new techno-payment method is currently being trialled by 350 lucky Distrito Telefonica employees in Spain (who’ve been  hooked up with NFC equipped BlackBerrys to test for the pilot project).

RIM and Telefonica have also roped in local shops and banks for the scheme so that the guinea pigs will be able to make payments via NFC, just by tapping the phone against a reader.

Assuming everything goes to plan, RIM and Telefonica plan to roll Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry out to the rest of Spain, and several other international markets in 2012.

The lucky NFC-enabled ‘Berrys that’ll be able to take advantage of the new and exciting tech, should it eventually make it to these shores, are the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Curve 9360 and Curve 9380, all of which run BlackBerry OS 7.

Let’s hope it all goes off without hitch out in Spain so we’ll soon all be able to buy stuff without rummaging round for that outmoded thing we call cash.